Albert Fontenot

About Albert Fontenot

After watching alcoholism and drug addiction impact the lives of 8 different close family members, I found my life's calling--to educate as many people as I can about the dangers of substance abuse and the freedom of recovery. Although I never battled addiction myself, I can honestly write from the perspective of a former enabler and co-dependent who now is passionate about the messages of prevention and recovery.

An Open Letter to the Parents of Adult Alcoholics and Addicts

 “It hurts so bad that I cannot save him, protect him, keep him out of harm’s way, shield him from pain.  What good are fathers if not for these things?” ~ Thomas Lynch, “The Way We Are” It is an unbelievably difficult transition that far too many families are forced to endure. Your teenaged child who has an extensive personal history of alcohol or drug abuse has just turned 18, and everything has changed.  On one hand, they are now considered full adults in the eyes of the law, and you can no longer legally [...]

Cocaine Production Is at An All-Time High, According to a Recent Report

“I hope the World Drug Report 2019 will shed further light on the world drug problem and inform international community responses. By working together and focusing attention and resources, we can help people get the services they need without discrimination, promote security and bring criminals to justice, safeguard health, and achieve Sustainable Development Goals.” ~ Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ask most Americans what they think the world’s biggest drug threat is, and they will probably  answer opioids such as prescription pain medication, street-level heroin, and illicit synthetics  [...]

Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide

DISCLAIMER: Although the death of Anthony Bourdain has been ruled a suicide, there are no reports at this time that drugs or alcohol were involved. However, Bourdain had a well-documented personal history of addiction and spoke often about his recovery. We therefore provide this information about his life to educate others who are struggling about substance abuse or mental health issues. Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide From the outside, it’s a mystery—Why would a world-famous figure like Anthony Bourdain take his own life? After all, by any measure, [...]

Legislation Passes Allowing Needle Exchanges in Idaho

In March 2019, Governor Brad Little signed into law legislation that will allow needle exchanges in Idaho.  Earlier this year, the original bill passed by a wide margin, 47 to 20 in the State House and 22 to 11 in the State Senate.  The new law will take effect on July 1st. “While substance abuse prevention and treatment remain vital, it is also essential that the health consequences of injection drug use be mitigated by needle exchange programs.” ~ Al Lamberti, former Sheriff, Broward County, Florida This newest step aimed at addressing the ongoing [...]

Amanda Bynes: How Stress Fuels Addiction and Relapse

DISCLAIMER: Amanda Bynes’ battles with addiction and mental health issues are well-publicized.  Now that reports have come out about her current situation, we will look at how stress can affect addiction and In November 2018, in an interview with Paper magazine former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes made several refreshingly-candid revelations about her history of bizarre behavior. According to the 32-year-old actress, the public meltdowns she experienced a decade ago were caused by a serious drug problem, specifically involving marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and especially Adderall, the prescription stimulant typically given to patients with ADHD. The [...]

Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

“The research evidence clearly demonstrates that a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment typically is a recipe for failure.” ~ National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Is abstinence the ONLY way to recover from alcohol or drug addiction? Can problem drinkers and drug users learn to manage their addictions through moderate use? Or is there a middle ground? Right now, the substance abuse crisis is worse than it has ever been.  Last year, well over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses, while alcohol claimed the lives of more than 88,000. And despite massive public [...]

The 12 Steps According to Russell Brand

(WARNING: Explicit Language) What does Russell Brand have to teach us? Brand is something of a 21st-century Renaissance Man – stand-up comedian, TV personality, radio host, actor, activist, and author, He’s come a long way from what he describes as a difficult English childhood to fortune and fame. But Brand’s most startling metamorphosis has been going from a debauched early life of drug and sex addiction to a healthier life of long-enduring sobriety—over 15 years and counting. And from his unique perspective, Brand wants to give back by sharing the hope and messages of [...]

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center Scams – What to Look Out For

“It’s a horrible business. It’s ugly. It doesn’t mean all rehabs are bad. But because of the lack of regulation, there’s a huge potential for fraud.” ~ Deb Herzog, former federal prosecutor who has investigated the rehab industry Here’s the bad news –According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are almost 23 million Americans aged 12 and up who have had a Substance Use Disorder within the past year. Here’s the worse news –Only about 3.8 million of those received ANY [...]

Johnny Manziel: “Johnny Football” Is Putting Recovery First

DISCLAIMER: Northpoint Recovery applauds Johnny Manziel as he focuses on his mental health and continued sobriety. His is a good example of how ANYONE can recover, with the right professional help and support. Once upon a time, Johnny Manziel led what seemed to be a charmed life. Growing up in a small town in Texas, he achieved “folk hero” status for his gridiron accomplishments in high school. He won the Mr. Texas Football award and was even honored as a prep-level All-American. His athletic success followed him to college. After receiving scholarship offers from [...]

Anthony Hopkins: From Alcoholism to Knighthood

Did you know that Sir Anthony Hopkins is in recovery from alcoholism? While today, the Academy Award-winning actor is known for such iconic roles as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, President Richard Nixon, Methuselah, and Odin, among others, there was a time when his fondness for drink threatened the career that he was building. But in an industry infamous for permissiveness and enabling, Hopkins overcame his addiction to alcohol and has been able to successfully maintain his sobriety for more than 40 years. Let’s take a closer look at the inspiring story of a man who [...]

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